Forests and biodiversity. Too precious to lose them - International day of Forests

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Forests and biodiversity. Too precious to lose them - International day of Forests

The 21 March of every year in all the World it is celebrated the International Day of Forests, that has achieved its 8th edition, and this time with the topic: “Forests and Biodiversity. Too precious to lose them”.

This day aims to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and to support countries to undertake at local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as planting campaigns for trees and shrubs.

Forests cover one third of the Earth's emerged lands, playing  vital functions worldwide. About 1.6 billion people - including over 2,000 indigenous cultures - depend on forests for their livelihoods, medicines, fuel, food and shelter, as well as wood for industry and energy production. Forests are the most biologically diversified ecosystems on earth. Biologists think  that to over 80% of terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects live inside.

Also this year ISPRA has contributed to the celebration of this day, producing divulgative document , addressed to both the media and citizens, trying to provide information on the state of the world and national forests and which presents some of the most current issues about the loss of forests and valuable services related to forest biodiversity they guard.

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